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Absolut Vodka - "Absolut India" - SapientNitro North America

  • Absolut India
  • Absolut Vodka
  • Pernod-Ricard
  • SapientNitro North America
  • India
  • Absolut India
Product CategoryAlcoholic
Date of First Broadcast/PublicationDecember 1, 2011
Media TypeAmbient
Awards W3 Awards / The W³ Awards, 2012 (Silver) for Experimental / Innovative
Absolut India / India in Bottle


The ABSOLUT INDIA project is a sound-based installation consumed by eavesdropping on an arrangement of bottles. Real sounds of India are used to elicit a unique emotional response as people are drawn to the bottles that most evoke nostalgia or curiosity for them. The installation is a soundscape using open source micro-controllers with custom electronics, ultra-sonic range sensors and monaural speakers in wood, glass and resin. 


Absolut’s is a creative journey that begins at ‘Absolut Blank’. What you make of the Absolut experience is up to you.

SapientNitro India was tasked with creating an immersive concept that leverages technology, design and consumer behavior. Absolut’s iconic visual imagery has long been a part of popular culture, the Absolut India project is unique in using sounds as opposed to images to deliver an experience. The installation is an arrangement of ‘bottled up’ Indian sounds contained in ten polyresin cast Absolut bottles. Each bottle is labeled corresponding to the sounds it contains and uses custom electronics to deliver the experience. When a person eavesdrops on a bottle, he triggers sensors that ‘play’ the pre-recorded sound clip.

The experience melds calm and chaos in equal measure. Just as India throws herself at you with all she’s got and all at once, the Absolut India installation too takes the person interacting with it through an abrupt soundscape